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Shoplift Syringe Scare


first_imgSecurity staff at Debenhams on George Street were threatened with a syringe after confronting an alleged shoplifter last Tuesday afternoon. The man threatened to stab the staff with the hypodermic needle before taking flight. Debenhams security staff briefly gave chase before the police were called in. A 32-yearold man has since been arrested on suspicion of theft and possession of an offensive weapon. A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police said that the police could not reveal whether they were treating the incident as an HIV threat because the investigation is currently still ongoing. Debenhams’ spokeswoman Helen Frame said, “There was an incident in the store on Tuesday afternoon. All our staff are fine and we are fully co-operating with the police investigation.” This is the latest in a series of incidents in Oxford where syringes, possibly filled with HIV infected blood, have been used as a threat. A robber was recently jailed for three years after threatening a shop worker with a syringe in a Sainsbury’s store in Littlemore, Oxford, last year. He claimed to be HIV positive. Earlier this January, another man had tried to rob a newsagent in Witney by threatening them with a syringe which he claimed was filled with HIV infected blood.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more